CEDAR FALLS, IOWA – Indiana State’s Robert Webb broke the school record in the heptathlon and finished second overall but the top collegian at the 2013 Jack Jennett Invite which concluded today at the University of Northern Iowa. The conclusion of the Heptathlon was not the only event going on for the Sycamores with Indiana State’s pole vault crew also on hand along with a triple jumper.
Webb scored 5,221 points which broke the mark of 5,189 points established by Anthony Bertoli in 2008. Daniel Gooris, former Northern Iowa athlete and two-time MVC Indoor Champion, competed unattached and scored 5,252 points to edge by just 31 points.
Indiana State’s Brett Wehmiller competed in his first Heptathlon and finished seventh overall with 4,627 points which puts him sixth on ISU’s all-time list.
Webb set a career best in the pole vault as he cleared 14-feet-5.25-inches (4.90 meters) to place third while finishing fifth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.67) and third in the 1,000 meters (2:54.67). The first day of the Heptathlon saw the Sycamore place third in the 60 meters with a career best 7.17, winning the long jump (22-feet-1.75-inches/6.75 meters), setting a career best with a third place finish in the shot put (38-feet-0-inches/11.58 meters), and tying for second in the high jump (6-feet-6.25-inches/1.99 meters).
Wehmiller ran a personal best 8.55 to place second in the 60 meter hurdles while finishing ninth in the pole vault (11-feet-4.75-inchs/3.50 meters) and 10th in the 1,000 meters (3:00.93). The freshmen opened the Heptathlon by placing second in the 60 meters (7.16), eighth in the long jump (20-feet-8-inches/6.30 meters), 12th in the shot put (32-feet-4.25-inches/9.86 meters), and tying for sixth in the high jump (6-feet-1.5-inches/1.87 meters).
Meanwhile the Indiana State pole vault crew was on hand for the competition with Richelle Kimble the top collegian and fourth overall by clearing 12-feet-3.5-inches (3.75 meters). Former Sycamore Kylie Hutson, a volunteer assistant coach for Indiana State, competed for Nike and won the event by clearing 14-feet-3.25-inches (4.35 meters).
Nicole Hope had used up her eligibility for the indoor season but has one season left in outdoor. She competed unattached at the meet and finished second at 13-feet-11.25-inches (4.25 meters) which is her personal best indoors.
Four other Sycamore women competed in the pole vault with Alyssa Markiewicz clearing a career best height of 11-feet-9.75-inches (3.60 meters) for sixth overall (third collegian). Kimyanna Rudolph also cleared 11-feet-9.75-inches (3.60 meters) but was judged fourth collegian with Lauren Rice the eighth collegian at 11-feet-3.75-inches (3.45 meters. Hannah McKnight failed to clear the opening height.
Three Indiana State men also competed in the pole vault and each cleared 15-feet-7-inches (4.75 meters). Connor Curley was judged sixth and tied his personal best with the height while Wes Schenck set his career best with the mark in placing seventh and Drew LaMaster was judged in the eighth spot.
Also competing for Indiana State women was Nikija Pujate. The Sycamore newcomer competed in her first triple jump competition of her collegiate career and finished sixth with a distance of 35-feet-7-inches (10.87 meters).